How do you know if Monstera is thirsty?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To determine if your Monstera is thirsty, there are a few signs you can look for. One of the most common indicators is drooping leaves. When a Monstera is lacking water, its leaves will become limp and droopy. This is because the plant is trying to conserve water by reducing the surface area of its leaves.

Another way to tell if your Monstera is thirsty is by checking the soil moisture. Gently press your finger into the top few inches of soil. If it feels dry, then it’s a good indication that your plant needs watering. However, it’s important to note that Monstera plants prefer to dry out slightly between waterings, so you don’t want the soil to be constantly wet.

Additionally, you can also observe the overall appearance of the plant. A thirsty Monstera may have leaves that appear dull or lackluster. They may also start to develop brown edges or tips. In extreme cases, the leaves may even start to yellow and fall off.

It’s worth mentioning that the frequency of watering will depend on various factors such as the size of your Monstera, the type of pot it’s in, and the environmental conditions it’s exposed to. For instance, plants in smaller pots or those placed in areas with high humidity may require more frequent watering compared to larger plants in well-draining pots.

When watering your Monstera, it’s important to do so thoroughly. Water the plant until water starts to come out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This ensures that the entire root system receives moisture. Avoid letting your Monstera sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot.

If you notice drooping leaves, dry soil, or a lackluster appearance, your Monstera is likely thirsty and in need of water. Remember to check the soil moisture regularly and adjust your watering schedule accordingly to keep your Monstera happy and healthy.